Winning treble at Ipswich track
VISITING interstate trainers from Murwillumbah won four of the eight races on the strong Ipswich card.
The Murwillumbah run started in the first race last Wednesday when Morendi won the stayers maiden to end a frustrating run of minor placings.
Morendi was ridden by Luke Rolls.
The horse is trained by Darren Graham, who hails from just across the border.
Morendi previously had a fourth, three thirds and a second at Ballina, Grafton, Murwillumbah and the Gold Coast.
Graham would have been pleased he decided to make the trip to Ipswich in search of the three-year-old’s first win at his eighth start.
The remaining success for the day from Murwillumbah came from the in-form Matt Dunn stable as a treble of winners unfolded.
There were three different jockeys on the Dunn winners. Robbie Fradd won with Sky Heart, impressive apprentice Luke Dittman won aboard Flying Charger and leading apprentice Jim Orman won late in the day with Hanwritten.
The Dunn stable then collected a winning treble at Doomben on Saturday.
Caillebotte was the first winner as he brilliantly claimed the stayers race early in the day, his first start after collecting a win at Ipswich last month.
This Irish bred and formerly French raced six-year-old by Montjeu is one to watch in the Winter Carnival distance races judging by the way Dunn has him going.
Orman moved to 23 season wins at the latest Ipswich meeting.
He is just one win behind Tegan Harrison in the Jockey’s Premiership race as she aims to become the first female winner of the title at the historic course.
Ipswich Cup 150 anniversary celebrations
THIS year is the 150th anniversary of the oldest known Ipswich Cup, which was won by Jibboom and which is held in the Ipswich Art Gallery.
Special celebrations are planned to recognise this important piece of Ipswich history, commencing with a civic reception on May 12 at the Ipswich Art Gallery.
Further events celebrating the milestone include a Chamber of Commerce function in the ITC Jibboom Lounge on June 9, then the 1866 themed Ipswich Cup Calcutta Dinner on June 16.
The Ipswich Cup is on June 18.
The age of the 1866 Cup has enormous significance for Ipswich.
Given that original 1866 trophies of the same year, including the oldest intact Melbourne Cup and the first Sydney Doncaster Handicap have sold over the past few years for $800,000 and $650,000 respectively, the 1866 Ipswich Cup has enormous historical value.
Additionally, the Ipswich Art Gallery holds an original painting of Zoe, the mare who travelled from Sydney to win a major race at the Grange Racetrack in Ipswich in 1861 for a larger prize than the first Melbourne Cup race of the same year.
Winter Carnival excitement looms
THE Autumn Group 1 racing is nearing completion after the second weekend of the Randwick Championships where the winners were Azkadellia, Gallante, Sofia Rosa, and Lucia Valentina.
On Saturday, the Autumn Carnival ends with the Group 1 All Aged and Champagne Stakes. All eyes will then focus on the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
The first carnival day is in Toowoomba this weekend with the running of the time honoured Weetwood Handicap.
Ipswich plays a role through the carnival, racing on Labour Day, May 2, then as a support to the Gold Coast Hollindale Cup day on May 7, prior to the Ipswich Cup on June 18.
These race dates, combined with the 150 celebration events, will ensure the Ipswich Turf Club is a busy place over the next couple of months.
The next Ipswich race meeting is on Friday for a Cancer Council fundraiser.